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Synopsys Delivers Optical Design IP Protection in Latest CODE V Release

CODE V Version 11.5, now available, introduces the CODE V Hidden Lens Module, which makes it easy to collaborate with customers, subcontractors, and suppliers while protecting the valuable intellectual property (IP) behind the lens design. The release also expands CODE V’s built-in intelligence with new lens optimization capabilities, enhanced AI-optimized glass selection, and fast evaluations of freeform surface performance.

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Posted in CODE V, Featured, Releases


You Could Win a Cash Award by Entering Your Paper in the Synopsys Student Optical Design Competition – Entering is Easy!

Students, enter the Robert S. Hilbert Student Design Competition by submitting your class paper by June 15. Here are some hints to consider when entering.

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Posted in Design Competition


Employee Spotlight: Meet Dr. Eric Schiesser, Optical Software Developer

Meet one of our new employees, Dr. Eric Schiesser, Optical Software Developer, who recently joined the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group.  He’s a recent graduate from the University of Rochester, with his thesis research in Freeform Telescope Design.  Prior to his Ph.D. in Optics, Eric also obtained his B.S in Physics and Optical Engineering from University of Rochester with highest honors (magna cum laude) in May 2012.

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Posted in Employee highlight


Announcing New Release of LucidShape for Automotive Lighting Design

We are pleased to announce version 2020.12 of Synopsys’ LucidShape automotive lighting design software. In response to a growing demand for reliable surface quality and medium information, this release of LucidShape includes the SmartStart Material Library Module. The module provides ready-to-use optical properties as well as updates and extensions to material and medium definitions. LucidShape v2020.12 also includes enhancements to freeform lens design, human eye vision analysis, and headlight analysis based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) guidelines.

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Posted in Automotive, Featured, LucidShape, Releases


Thomas I. Harris, 1930 – 2021: Founder of Optical Research Associates and Co-Inventor of CODE V

In memoriam of Mr. Thomas I. Harris, 1930 – 2021, Founder of Optical Research Associates and co-inventor of CODE V.

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Be More Productive with This Convenient LightTools Feature

Happy 26th Anniversary to LightTools! We are celebrating 26 years of this 3D optical engineering and design software product, which supports virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization, and photorealistic renderings of illumination applications. We’re highlighting a feature that’s beneficial for novice and advanced users alike: the LightTools Example Model Library.

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Posted in Product features


Employee Spotlight: Meet Dr. Luc Gilles From the Synopsys Optical Engineering Team

Meet the newest principal engineer of imaging optics of the Synopsys Optical Engineering Services team, Dr. Luc Gilles. Read about his journey into his optics career, which began as a young scientist in Brussels.

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Posted in Employee highlight, Engineering Services


Build Your Skills Online – Learn Something New in One Hour While Watching CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape Tech Talks

There’s no doubt that this has been an unusual and challenging year. Trade shows, conferences, and events were postponed or converted to an online format, we learned to use new video conferencing platforms, and telecommuting became the norm for every day. What has not changed is that we have continued to be there for our customers and provide ready access to resources and training. Learn about our upcoming tech talks and available resources.

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Posted in CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, Photonic Solutions, Product features


Announcing New Release of LightTools for Illumination Optics Design

Read about the latest version of LightTools, which brings faster optomechanical modeling with SOLIDWORKS, enhanced LiDAR design features, and increased ray tracing speed with distributed simulation support.

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Posted in LightTools, Product features, Releases


Announcing New Release of LucidShape CAA V5 Based for Automotive Lighting Design and Visualization in CATIA

Version 2020.09 helps designers develop headlights, tail lights, and signal lights faster and more cost effectively with the new LucidShape SmartStart Material Library Module and numerous ease-of-use enhancements.

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Posted in Automotive, LucidShape, Product features, Releases